Like Riding a Bike: Co-creating a cycling environment for 9s to 90s.

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John Henry Brookes Building

Gipsy Lane



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A conference exploring how we can get people who used to cycle, or have never cycled, onto bikes, and the role of virtual reality cycling

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Come and join us for a day full of informative talks, interactive workshops, cycle tours, an expert panel and demos and rides on ebikes and adapted bikes!

See the full programme and selection of workshops below.

Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments.

Event objectives:

  • Understanding how to create an age friendly locality, as a low traffic neighbourhood
  • Best practice case studies of effective interventions for active travel – linking soft and hard measures
  • Understanding the benefits of ebikes and how they can get people back cycling
  • Learning more about the opportunities that virtual reality can play in increasing activity for people who are housebound
  • Developing a post-conference guide to promoting uptake of cycling on the basis of the learning from this conference

The conference is organised by Cyclox, the cycle campaign for Oxford, and Oxford Brookes University and it follows on from the University's cycle BOOM research and current Co-CAFE project (www.cycleboom.org , www.co-cafe.org).

Who should attend?

Council officers, elected councillors, transport and environmental campaign groups (local and national), Cyclox members, community organisations interested in transport, active travel and health, local businesses and educational institutions, academic, other professional experts, and interested members of the public (whether you cycle or don't cycle).

Special thanks to the Midcounties Co-operative for their help in funding the event.

The programme:

10:00 Registration / Tea & Coffee

10:30 Opening and Welcome (Lord Mayor of Oxford, Alison Hill and Tim Jones)

10:50 Introduction (Anneliese Dodds, MP Oxford East)

11:00 Keynote Speech (Sir Muir Gray)

11:30 Workshop Session 1

12:40 Lunch

14:00 Enabling and Improving Wellbeing - Therapeutic (Virtual) Realities (Hugh Ward)

14:30 Workshop Session 2

15:40 Discussion Panel: Sir Muir Gray, Penny Thewlis (Age UK), Louise Upton (City Councillor & Champion for Cycling), Annette Venters (Chilterns AONB), Suzanne Bartington (County Councillor Witney North & East & Cycling Champion), Pat Kennedy (City Councillor for Lye Valley & Older Peoples’ Champion)

16:30 Closing Remarks


We will run seven different workshops (listed below) giving you the opportunity to attend two of them (one in the morning session and one in the afternoon session). You can select which workshops you would like to attend when buying your ticket (please keep in mind that the number of places available for each workshop is limited).

Workshop 1: Mini-Holland: Why not here?

run by Scott Urban (Oxfordshire Liveable Streets)

This is the kickoff event of Oxford Mini-Holland Weekend. See a short video featuring Waltham Forest's radical pro-liveability changes and interviews with Waltham Forest politicians and residents. See Oxfordshire Liveable Streets' costings for a low-traffic neighbourhood in Florence Park. Breakout sessions on the impact of a low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) and the political journey to get there.

This session complements the 'Safari to Florence Park Estate' session.

Workshop 2: Safari to Florence Park estate.

run by Tom Shopland (Oxford Brookes University)

This will be a curated safari by bicycle of the Florence Park estate, departing from and returning to Brookes. Participants will discuss the key elements of liveable street and neighbourhood design.

This session complements the 'Mini-Holland: Why not here?' workshop.

Workshop 3: Wheels for All - providing inclusive cycling facilities.

run by Steve Unwin (Wheels for All, Cyclox)

Our experience at Wheels for All - Oxford in using a wide range of adapted bikes to enable people with disabilities and other needs to benefit from the physical and mental stimulation of cycling - as well as having fun. Discussing the different types of bikes available and the adaptations that enable people with a range of needs to be able to cycle by themselves or with a carer and the positive experience this provides for both the participants and the volunteers.

Workshop 4: From theory to reality: how to actually get people onto electric bikes.

run by Alistair Kirkbride (CoMoUK)

The evidence for what types of people are attracted to ebikes and the resulting benefits is compelling and increasingly comprehensive. Ebike-share has been described as a gateway drug to cycling and ebike sales are booming. So yes, the news is inspiring, but a reality check means that total numbers are still small in the great scheme of things – and could be so much bigger.

This workshop will summarise what we do know about who uses ebikes, for what purposes, and the relative benefits of them doing so. We’ll then use these blocks of knowledge to work out how we get from where we are to where things could be - to getting more people using ebikes more often.

Workshop 5: Cycle Boom: Best Invention Since Chewing Gum! The benefits and challenges of ebikes and the age friendly environment needed to get people back cycling.

run by Tim Jones and Ben Spencer (Oxford Brookes University)

The cycle BOOM research project (www.cycleboom.org) gave people 50 and over the chance to try riding an ebike for eight weeks. Find out about the many benefits they got from the experience and the challenges faced before helping to develop an age friendly manifesto for ebiking.

Workshop 6: Positive Spin: Cycling for people with Dementia and their families.

run by Dave Dansky (Bikeability Trust, Bikeworks CIC) and Clare Morris (For Brian CIC)

An interactive Workshop exploring the benefits of cycling for people with dementia. Participants will develop ideas about how to engage the target group with cycling, the practical delivery to include positive risk taking, and how to evaluate both cycling outcomes and other benefits for people with dementia and their families.

Workshop 7: The Big Bike Revival

run by Susan Keywood (Cycling UK) and Kath Cochrane (Windrush Bike Project)

Few things in life are better than a cycle ride, whether it’s to visit friends, a daily commute or a trip into the countryside.

But we know it can be hard to get started. Around 42% of people in the UK own bikes but don’t ever use them. The Big Bike Revival is all about overcoming those little barriers and to help people feel more confident about cycling, by providing free cycle checks, servicing, cycle maintenance workshops, cycle training and accompanied rides.

This workshop is all about this programme and how it is being implemented through the Windrush Bike Project. There will be opportunities to explore how it can be extended to other communities in Oxford, to get people back on their bikes.

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